MLB DFS Heart Of The Order - April 12 (Video)
James Grande gives you his core plays across hitters and pitchers along with who he's stacking for today's main slate.
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C. Hernández - 2B
Hernandez went 3-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.
Hernandez had over half his team's hits, as his teammates combined to go 2-for-28 at the plate. After hitting .152 in his first nine games, the second baseman has hit .400 with a 1.133 OPS over his last eight.
Added 11:17 am (EST)
C. Kelly - C
Kelly is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.
Kelly finds himself on the bench for the series opener in Chicago and for the third time in the last four games. Caleb Joseph grabs another start behind the plate as the Diamondbacks continue to utilize a heavy rotation at catcher.
Added 11:06 am (EST)
J. Barnes - RP
Barnes tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.
Barnes allowed three earned runs in his first outing of the season, but he has been stellar since, tossing 6.2 innings over six appearances and giving up just one hit while posting an 8:1 K:BB. He has worked mainly in low-leverage situations thus far, which limits his appeal in fantasy leagues.
Added 11:02 am (EST)
J. Realmuto - C
Realmuto went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Rockies.
Realmuto's homer, his third of the season, was a one-out shot in the seventh inning off Carlos Estevez which brought the Phillies to within one run. After a slow start, the catcher has hit .342/.375/.553 over his last 10 games.
Added 10:42 am (EST)
B. Zobrist - 2B
Zobrist is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Zobrist heads to the bench for the second time in the last three games as he is just 2-for-17 over his last six contests. Kris Bryant will start in right field for the Cubs while David Bote takes over at third base.
Added 10:33 am (EST)
Y. López - RP
Lopez pitched a scoreless third of an inning to register his third hold in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Braves.
Lopez hasn't allowed a run in nine of his 10 appearances with a 1.23 ERA and 5:4 K:BB over 7.1 innings. The right-hander uses an upper-90s fastball and slider and has a minor-league history of lots of strikeouts and walks. With the Diamondbacks in a transitional year, Lopez could emerge with a greater role later this season, particularly if he can harness the fastball. The 26-year-old was used as a closer in 2018 at Double-A Jackson.
Added 7:36 am (EST)
K. Calhoun - RF
Calhoun went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI and two walks in the Angels' 11-10 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
The lefty reached base four times in this one, while also smacking his fourth homer of the season with a 414-foot solo blast off R.J. Alaniz as part of a seven-run seventh inning for the Angels. Calhoun remains below the Mendoza Line, hitting just .191 over 68 at-bats, but he's shown the tendency to be streaky in the past, so hopefully this is a sign he's set to get on track and start pumping up the low average.
Added 2:30 am (EST)
R. Healy - 3B
Healy went 2-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and a walk to help the Mariners to an 11-10 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
Healy had been slumping after a hot start, but he clubbed a pair of long balls in this slugfest against the Angels, going yard in the second and sixth inning. He's a good bet to slug 20-plus homers again after doing so the last two years, although his low-walk, high-strikeout ways mean he doesn't figure to provide much as far as batting average or on-base percentage.
Added 2:26 am (EST)